Without leaving the studio know the world. 
Without looking out the window, see the order of the Creative Harmony.
The farther a field you go searching for knowledge,
The less you will understand the true nature of things. 
Therefore, the mastercraftsman
knows the nature of things
 The saint (or mastercraftsman) becomes more humble every hour, for every hour he draws nearer to God. The saints see without knowledge, without sight, without information received, without observation, without description, without veiling, and without veil.
Dhu’l-Nun al-Misri (796-861)
Jean Dubuffet, “Empreintes,” 1957 Trans. Lucy LippardWhen we lift up the eyes of the mind to what is invisible, we should consider metaphors of visible things as if they were steps to understanding. Therefore, in spiritual matters, when something is called ‘the highest’, this doesn’t mean that it is located above the top of the heavens, but rather that it is the inmost or most intimate of all. Thus, to ascend to God is to enter into oneself, and not only to enter into oneself, but in some unsayable manner, in the inmost parts to pass beyond oneself. He who can, as it were, enter into himself and, going deeper and deeper, pass beyond himself, truly ascends to God. But when a man, through the senses of his flesh, goes out to visible things, desiring what is transitory and perishable, he descends from the dignity of his natural condition to what is unworthy of his desire. For what is inmost is nearest and highest is eternal; and what is outside is lowest and distant and transitory. So to return from the outside to the inmost is to ascend from the lowest to the highest and to gather oneself from a state of scatteredness and confusion. Since we truly know that this world is outside us and that God is within us, when we return from the world to God and, as it were, lift ourselves up from what is lowest, we must pass through ourselves. Thus, when we turn from outer, perishable things, it is as if we were sailing over waves, until we find the calm that is within us. Happy is he who escapes unharmed from the that storm-tossed sea, and reaches the safety of the port!
Hugh of St. Victor (c. 1100-1141)